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Are there any datasets of MMORPG statistics? I mean detailed "snapshots" of a virtual world that contain parameters of the game, current status of players (items owned, performed actions), internal economy—things typically mentioned by "economics of video games"?

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Great question! There are several MMORPG games that provide this type of data, and APIs to others from which you can extract the data. Check out the following:

Several of these require registering but seem to be free. Some, like Eve Online, restrict secondary commercial use, but encourage developers, researchers, and others to use the data for co-development or non-commercial use.

  • Thanks, Anton. Very interested in what you'll do with it! – Jeanne Holm Nov 30 '14 at 18:40
  • Research on institutions, Jeanne. Virtual worlds have nice properties for studying the real world. I'll update this page if anything comes out. – Anton Tarasenko Nov 30 '14 at 19:12

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